The folks over at Phandroid have got their hands on the HTC Hero for Sprint. We would love to get our hands on one ourselves, but fortunately, Phandroid has posted a video of the unboxing and you can watch it for a first look. It’s great another Android handset is hitting the streets, and also great that it’s at another carrier besides T-Mobile for the sake of variety and wider distribution. Take a look!
It looks like the guys over at Phone Arena have just posted their exhaustive reviews of some of the hottest Android smartphones we have ever heard of, the Sense-powered HTC Hero and the not-that-sensitive Samsung Galaxy I7500. As a whole, HTC’s offering seems to be the real deal with an overall rating 9 out of 10. On the other hand, the Galaxy is rated 7.5 out of 10, which is also sure to attract a lot of users. Check the links below for the full reviews!
China Mobile and Dopod will soon be serving up some Android deliciousness before the year is out, compliments of HTC and three of their Android handsets: the Click, Magic, and Hero. PC World got their hands on some pricing information and here is the rundown: Click priced around 3,400 yuan ($500), will be available around Q4 of 2009, and include a pair of changeable front covers; the Hero will be available as soon as late August for 5,600 yuan ($820), will support 3G (TD-SCDMA), and also be carried by China Unicom; no info is available yet on Magic pricing and availability. All in all, Android’s future in China is looking up.
As expected, during an event in London today HTC have announced the HTC Hero and a new personalized interface for their Android devices. Specs wise, the Hero of the day will be powered by a Qualcomm 528MHz processor and 288 MB RAM/512 MB ROM. The screen is 3.2-inches, touch-sensitive with resolution of 320×480 pixels. The HTC Hero also has 3.5mm jack, trackball, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and connects via Wi-Fi. It is a quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G handset. What makes it even cooler is it comes with built-in Flash support that will allow users to play embedded videos without a hitch!
You can check the demo video of the HTC Hero’s Flash support here.
The most interesting aspect of the new phone is that it introduces a new widget-based interface for Android that really changes the appearance of the operating system. It is dubbed Sense and packs a number of features that will surely come in handy to users.
A new profile feature, named Scenes, will let you quickly switch between different functionality modes, for example business or weekend. Playing around with your contacts will not only bring up the usual information, but also status updates and shared images on various social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Users will be also able to run a quick search
through the phone and services such as Twitter by using a dedicated search key. Similarly to the magnificent Palm Pre, the Hero seems to integrate local data with your social online accounts. In addition, Sense also includes a new way of visualizing important personal content; for example e-mail, photos and music, called “Perspectives”. Other features the new UI will introduce to Android are gesture controls, such as turning the phone downwards in order to silence a ringing alarm.
The HTC Hero rolls out in Europe in July with an Asian release following shortly and will become available to North American users later this year. Oh, one more thing! People going for a white version will get the industry-first Teflon coating. We hope the phone doesn’t get too hot!
HTC’s YouTube channel now shows a demo video of the Hero and the new Sense interface. Check it out below!
And here we are again with good news for all of you, fans of the Android operating system. While Samsung has officially unveiled the I7500, HTC is still keeping some secrets from us. This seems to have not been a serious obstacle for the anonymous reader of CodeAndroid, who has submitted spy shots of what looks like the HTC Hero – an Android smartphone, scheduled for this year’s third quarter. As you can see for yourself, the Hero would not attract the fashion gurus and it is quite similar to the G1, as we were expecting. There is no additional information going with the photos, only that we can see there’s a 3.5mm audio jack on the top, and the trackball is missing. Take a good look at these shots and feel free to share your thoughts with us.
Hold on! There is more coming – an image of what is said to be T-Mobile’s Android roadmap has leaked, revealing the pricing strategies for three handsets. The first one is the far-famed G1, which is already well-known to all of us. It seems that T-Mobile will start offering the G2/Magic as soon as this summer, but what grabbed our attention was the third phone, the Samsung Houdini, which is probably scheduled for this fall. Its price, however, is covered with a black area, so we cannot tell for how much you will be able to get this one. In addition, there are a number of other black areas, obviously covering information about some other Android-powered devices. What do you think? What would these secret handsets look like?